NOTHING TO DO? TAKE YOURSELF ON A POETRY WALK!
Rule#1--Keep your eyes and ears and heart open.
Rule#2 Carry a pencil and a small notebook
Walk to a neighborhood park, or to your own backyard, or simply around your
What do you see? A red ball, perhaps? A pigeon? An old sneaker? A man selling
hot dogs? A tangle of roses? Write what you see in your notebook.
What do you hear? The crunch of cinders underfoot? A screen door slapping? A
car horn? A bird chirping? The patter of a cat? Write what you hear in your
How do the things you see and hear make you feel?
Happy? Lonely? Curious? Peaceful? Scared? Full of wonder?Write what you feel
in your notebook.
Later, when you are back home, quiet and alone, look through your notebook.
What words, what images tug at your heart? Write these images into poems or
pieces of poems.
Here are some jottings from my own poetry walks: goats nibble November
the sun is golden soup, so hot...a garden spider climbs the chives...
bones of winter trees....
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